Application: Programmer for the Center for Modern Rationality
We're looking for a programmer who can quickly prototype and modify small visual applications for various ad-hoc attempts at computer-based rationality training exercises. No advanced probability theory will be involved, but having a good intuitive grasp of very simple probability theory, e.g. knowing that a Gaussian distribution looks like is a bell curve, is a plus. You may be asked to visualize simple functions as part of your work. We may also ask you to do webwork like automating email questionnaires and so on. Your primary qualification is your ability to find and snap together existing libraries to build not-overly-complicated applications very quickly, without the result looking so ugly that our test subjects refuse to use it, or crashing in a way that destroys already-gathered data.
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(What do you know that might be relevant to your ability to write programs for rationality exercises? If you happen to know anything about probability theory, decision theory, or cognitive biases, or if you've read the Sequences on Less Wrong, note so here.)
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